Conservative Friends of Lithuania works to foster positive relationships between Lithuania and Conservative principles within the United Kingdom. Our outreach ensures that MP’s learn about everything that Lithuania has to offer, both technological, culturally, and through various other enterprises.
CFL aims to promote active dialogue between the Conservative Party who govern the United Kingdom and Lithuania. We campaign to improve ties between Westminster and Seimas politically and culturally.
Chairman: Andrius Kavaliauskas
Vice chairman: Dr. Gintas Vilkelis
Baltic Countries LBFThe London Book Fair was hosted at Olympia, London from the 10th - 12th April 2018. This year, the Baltic countries took centre stage.
British Diplomatic CoupFrom the Economist: Great Britain scored a diplomatic coup with its allies and partners around the world in March, 2018. Read more here.
Independence CentenaryIn conjunction with other Lithuanian organisations in Great Britain, CFL helped to organise an event to celebrate 100 years since the restoration of Lithuanian independence.
Lithuanian Culture DayIn conjunction with other Lithuanian organisations in Great Britain, CFL helped to organise Lithuanian Culture Day, an event which attracted hundreds of people to celebrate all things Lithuania!
Baltic ConferenceCFL attended the Cambridge Baltic Conference to discuss geopolitical issues effecting the Baltic states.
CPC 2017CFoL attended Conservative Party Conference this year, to listen to Theresa May's superb plan for Great Britain and the Conservatives over the coming years.
CFoL LaunchToday, CFoL is proud to officially launch! Come and join us - helping to improve ties between Lithuania and the United Kingdom!
Northern Future ForumPrime Minister David Cameron attended the Northern Future Forum (NFF) in Reykjavik. Held annually, the NFF was initiated by David Cameron in London on 2011.
CFL LaunchToday, CFoL is proud to officially launch! Come and join us - helping to improve ties between Lithuania and the United Kingdom!
New Website Launch!CFoL has proudly launched its new website today, thank you to the team at Transformis Ltd for all of their support and hard work! We hope you all enjoy browsing the new website as much as we do!
Entrepreneurial MagicWith its business-friendly ethos, young population and staggering skills base, the high-flying Baltic state is an entrepreneurial hotspot that offers UK firms a warm welcome
Boris's Family TiesBritain's new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has ancestral ties with Lithuania. Read more.
Lithuanian Centenary"I feel Lithuanian literature deserves to be better known in the UK, including as a means of better knowing Lithuania." Claire Lawrence, British Ambassador to Lithuania. Read more.
Brexit BritainMirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the young, energetic Lithuanian conductor is the music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Read more.
President of Lithuania
Dalia Grybauskaitė is a Lithuanian politician and the President of Lithuania, inaugurated on 12 July 2009 and reelected in May 2014. She is the country’s first female President and the first President of Lithuania to be reelected for a second consecutive term.
She was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance, also European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget from 2004 to 2009. She is often referred to as the “Iron Lady” or the “Steel Magnolia”.
The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats is a centre-right political party in Lithuania. It has 18,000 members and 31 of 141 seats in the Seimas.
It is the main centre-right party, with a particularly liberal conservative and Christian democratic, but also nationalist oriented and economically liberal ideology. Its current leader is Gabrielius Landsbergis who replaced Andrius Kubilius in 2014.
Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union
The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (also known as Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union) is a centre-right agrarian political party in Lithuania led by industrial farmer Ramūnas Karbauskis.
Order and Justice
Party Order and Justice, formerly the Liberal Democratic Party, is a right-wing national conservative political party in Lithuania, though it self-identifies as ‘left-of-centre’. It has eleven members of the Seimas.
Social Democratic Party of Lithuania
The Social Democratic Party of Lithuania is a social-democratic political party in Lithuania. It is the longest-existing party in Lithuania, having been founded as an underground Marxist organization in 1896. During the period of Soviet occupation the party was forced into exile, emerging once again in Lithuania in 1989.
The Liberal Movement, formally the Liberals’ Movement of the Republic of Lithuania and abbreviated to LRLS, is a conservative-liberal political party in Lithuania, fourth largest in 2016 parliamentary election.
LLRA, EAPL, EAPL-CFA
Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance or EAPL–CFA is a political party in Lithuania. It represents the Polish minority and positions itself as Christian democratic. It has 8 seats in the Seimas, one seat in the European Parliament, and 11 seats in coalition with the Russian Alliance in the Vilnius City Municipality.
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Lithuanian High Tech Sector
Recently Barclays opened a substantial IT centre in Lithuania, and they have now been joined by many world famous companies – such as NASDAQ, Western Union, Bookings.com.
The Rt Hon David Davis
In the coming weeks and months, Britain will embark upon the negotiations to build a strong new partnership with the European Union.
For the UK and Lithuania, that new partnership will extend beyond our individual relationships with the European Union as a whole; you as members, and us as strong external partners.
Because our two countries share many principles: on defence and security, on trade and the economy – we are working together. In the past year alone we have collaborated closely on issues from mutual development of our financial technology sectors to the training of our military.
Last year, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death was commemorated across Lithuania, from schools in Klaipeda to the national parliament, as part of our shared European culture. All of these joint endeavours have been based on our strong mutual values and vision for the future.
So as I travel to Lithuania today, on my first visit to the country as the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, I want to stress our determination to enter an even closer and more fruitful period in our relations.
We are firmly committed to strengthening the ties between our two countries because, while we are leaving the EU, we are emphatically not turning our backs on our friends and allies across Europe.
As part of that we will continue to be a keen partner to Lithuania. We will go on co-operating extensively on defence, security and foreign policy. We will collaborate on culture and education. We will work with Lithuania on economic issues and we will pursue an ambitious future trade agreement that is in the interest of the UK, Lithuania and the whole of the European Union.
For the UK wants the EU and each of its member states to prosper politically, economically and socially. The new partnership we will seek as we leave can, I believe, help to that end.
On security, Lithuania and the UK share a particularly close and important relationship.
The UK has led European action on keeping our continent safe – whether implementing sanctions against Russia following its aggressive action in Ukraine or securing Europe’s external border.
Such partnership continues to be of vital importance, particularly in the face of growing concern about the threat to security across the continent. And that is why we will continue to work closely with your armed forces on land, sea and air, with hundreds of UK troops training and exercising in Lithuania.
As key members of NATO, we both know the importance of collaboration on defence and security. For the UK, our commitment to defend the interests of the western world remains absolute. For you, having the full force of NATO right behind you is of huge value. Solidarity is crucial and the UK will continue to stand by all its allies – including Lithuania.
As Britain leaves the EU, we will seek to enhance the trading links that we currently have with member states and the British Prime Minister has been clear that the UK will be pursuing a comprehensive trade agreement with the EU.
For Lithuania, the UK is its fifth largest trading partner in goods and its eighth in services. So it’s in no one’s interest to see new barriers to trade. Instead, we see opportunities in building on our existing trading ties with Lithuania.
But we are not just allies and friends because of our cultural connections, military commitments and trading links. Our relationship goes far beyond that, with the firm friendship that exists between our people.
Hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians have made Britain their home. Your people are our healthcare workers, our financiers and even the conductor of our world class Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
I understand that the thousands of Lithuanians currently living in the UK want certainty about their rights once the UK leaves the EU. And, while Lithuanians’ existing rights are not affected, the British government wants to get a deal done to secure long term rights quickly that protects the rights of all EU citizens living in the UK, and British citizens living in the EU.
Indeed, we would have liked to have come to such an agreement already and have been clear it will be an absolute priority once formal negotiations begin.
It is only fair that those who have built lives for themselves abroad, who are contributing to foreign economies and giving back to overseas communities, have their rights and status guaranteed rapidly.
And the approach that we take on this issue – one of reasoned goodwill to secure mutual benefits – is the one that we will adopt throughout the negotiation process.
Because the UK is not stepping back from its role in the world – it is stepping up.
Backed by US and Polish troops, the Royal Marines landed in the Suwalki Gap, on the Polish-Lithuanian border, for the first large-scale Nato defensive drill in the area, amid fears of European vulnerability to a Russian assault.
Great Britain works with its NATO partners to ensure and maintain security along key perimeters within Lithuania – a key partner and ally.
Vilnius, 27 June 2017. Today, in Vilnius, Lithuania, CERN Director General, Fabiola Gianotti, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, signed the Agreement admitting Lithuania as an Associate Member of CERN. The last step for the Agreement to enter into force requires final approval by the Government of Lithuania.
“Signing an agreement with CERN means recognition of Lithuanian science and talents as well as our common efforts in strengthening research, innovation and centres of excellence in the Baltic region,” said Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania. “We are proud of this Associate Membership – cooperation with CERN gives a new impetus for economic growth, provides an opportunity for us to take part in global research and opens a wide horizon for our youth.”
“The involvement of Lithuanian scientists at CERN has been growing steadily over the past decade, and Associate Membership can now serve as a catalyst to further strengthen particle physics and fundamental research in the country,” said Fabiola Gianotti. “We warmly welcome Lithuania into the CERN family, and look forward to enhancing our partnership in science, technology development and education and training.”
Lithuania’s relationship with CERN dates back to 2004, when an International Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Organization and the government of the Republic of Lithuania. This set priorities for the further development of scientific and technical cooperation between CERN and Lithuania in high-energy physics. One year later, in 2005, a Protocol to this Agreement was signed, paving the way for the participation of Lithuanian universities and scientific institutions in high-energy particle physics experiments at CERN.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla became one of the world’s most famous conductors when she had begun to work in Birmingham. Martynas Levickis also became a world-famous accordionist, spending most of his time working in London!
Northern Future Forum
Prime Minister David Cameron attended the Northern Future Forum (NFF) 28-29 October in Reykjavik. The Northern Future Forum brings together Prime Ministers from the Nordic and Baltic Countries and the United Kingdom with a wide range of experts, to discuss future policy trends in northern Europe in an informal setting. The NFF, which is held annually, was initiated by David Cameron and the first Forum was held in London in 2011.
The focus of this year´s Forum was on innovation and business in the public sector and there were two main themes: “Creative Industries – Growth Engine for the Future” and “Simpler, Smarter and Innovative Public Services”. Five experts accompanied the Prime Minister to Iceland as part of the NFF UK delegation: Azmat Yusuf (founder and CEO of Citymapper), Hannah Barry (founder of Bold Tendencies and the director of Hannah Barry Gallery), Herman Narula (founder and CEO of Improbable), Jenny Griffiths (founder of Snap Fashion) and Liam Maxwell (the Chief Technology Officer for Her Majesty´s Government).
The UK experts also participated in a workshop, which was held by the British Embassy in Reykjavík and the Reykjavík University in co-operation with the British-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce and the SI-the Federation of Icelandic Industries. The workshop was hosted by the British Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, who was also in Iceland for the Northern Future Forum.
In addition to the Northern Future Forum, Mr. Cameron had a bilateral meeting with the Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, at the national parliament of Iceland, Alþingi. The Prime Ministers discussed a broad range of issues of joint interest including energy cooperation between the two countries, EU reform, NATO and global issues such as migration, Syria, and Ukraine.
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